May 15, 2008

It's My Kind of Town



With the announcement of the Tony nominations Tuesday, August: Osage County garnered 7 nominations. They are nominations for Playwright Tracy Letts, Director Ann D. Shapiro, actors Deanna Dunagan, Amy Morton and Rondi Reed plus nominations for Lighting Design and Set Design. It's a play that was born out of the Steppenwolf Theatre, one of the cornerstones of Chicago Theatre. That was already a given considering that the play also won the Pulitzer Prize and sweeped nominations in the Outer Critics, Drama Desk, NY Theatre Critics Circle Awards. For a Chicagoan, the surprise of Tuesday's Tony announcement was that this year's Regional Theatre Award will be given to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre! Yay! It now joins other Chicago recipients the Steppenwolf (1985), the Goodman Theatre (1992) and Victory Gardens Theatre (2001). With the success of August and this award to CST, some local papers have declared that Chicago is the "Toniest" city in America. Indeed, the theatre scene is so alive and thriving in my town. Brava!

(photo from The Daily Herald)

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